Solar Eclipse on 22nd July, 2009 is the longest eclipse of this century. Normally All the temples remain closed during this time. Even in the temples in home the lamps (oil or ghee) are put off during the time period when the eclipse occur. Devotees in the temple do Nama Japa or just meditate in the Mandirs or temples. After the eclipse time is over bathing of the God or Guru is done and after worship the doors of temples are opened.
Parayan of Sai SatCharitra or any other spiritual text, chanting of God or Guru's name or mantra or meditation on Guru are the best activities devotees can do during the time period. After the eclipse is over devotees can take a bath. Give the idols or picture of Guru or Gods bath and light, do worship and light the lamps again. Charity to poor and needy people and feeding the hungry animals should be done after the eclipse.
Since the time of this solar eclipse is early morning in India, the morning Kakad Aarti will start at 4.30 am followed by regular Holy Bath of Shri Sai Baba. Small aarti ‘Shirdi Maze Pandharpur’ will be between 5.35 am and 5.40 am. The temple in Shirdi will remain closed from 5.45 am and pooja and chanting by the priests will be done until 7.20 a.m. Again a holy bath to Shri Sai Baba will be given at 7.25 a.m which will be followed by small aarti of Sai Baba Shirdi Maze Pandharpur. So those devotees who want to spend their time in the spiritual vibrant Samadhi Temple of Sai Baba in Shirdi along with the Sai Baba puja and chanting, during the eclipse time should attend the small aarti Shirdi Maze Phandharpur, which will start at 5.35 and remain inside the Samadhi Temple till 7.30 a.m. Two full hours in Samadhi Temple, a spiritual treat.